2014 Misano Moto2 Race Results: Obey The Rules

Race report follows.

Mika Kallio led from the lights, with his teammate Tito Rabat behind him. The two set off at their usual pace with Johann Zarco settling in a second and a half behind, after a few laps.

At the halfway mark, with no change at the front, Johann Zarco had built a gap from the fight between Dominic Aegeter, Maverick Vinales and Thomas Luthi behind him.

Seven laps from the end, as the places behind the lead two had strung out, Tito Rabat passed Mika Kallio and set a pace, due to his quicker low-fuel setup, that his Marc VDS teammate couldn't match, a mistake from Kallio settling the positions.

Jonas Folger, further back in seventh place, having missed out parts of the track, was ordered to drop a place back, but by the time he'd let the three-way scrap behind him catch up, losing well over a five second lead, working hard to let only one bike past, it was too late and he had already been handed a ride-through penalty with only three laps left.

Tito Rabat extended his championship lead by a further five points over Mika Kallio, with the teammates getting another one-two. Johann Zarco took third place.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 42'48.724
2 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex +2.271
3 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter +4.268
4 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex +7.448
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter +9.679
6 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter +11.587
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex +21.899
8 60 Julian SIMON Kalex +22.403
9 49 Axel PONS Kalex +22.744
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +24.044
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 +25.711
12 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex +29.473
13 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +31.929
14 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter +35.067
15 39 Luis SALOM Kalex +35.294
16 19 Xavier SIMEON Suter +37.413
17 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up +37.828
18 22 Sam LOWES Speed Up +38.303
19 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex +42.800
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +42.936
21 81 Jordi TORRES Suter +43.993
22 8 Gino REA Suter +44.376
23 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Caterham Suter +50.539
24 20 Florian MARINO Kalex +48.297
25 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter +49.033
26 96 Louis ROSSI Kalex +52.803
27 97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up +1'02.315
28 64 Federico CARICASULO TSR +1'02.417
29 70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter +1'03.043
30 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex +1'06.321
31 32 Federico FULIGNI Suter +1'05.806
32 25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 1 Lap
  88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 13 Laps
  84 Riccardo RUSSO Suter 14 Laps
  18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 16 Laps
  59 Miroslav POPOV Suter 23 Laps


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How much time do you lose at Misano with a ride through? Folger could have well been within the points if he'd have taken a ride through when he had a six second gap? Seems like race direction waited an awful long time to hand out the penalty.

They gave him the benefit of the doubt for ages, telling him to just drop one place. He didn't notice it until it was too late.

It was painful to watch.

7th back to 19th (I think).

The penalty really didn't fit the crime. To give up several seconds and drop back into a battling group for clipping an apex by an inch or two.

There needs to be some discretion when applying rules like this.

Could he have ridden on, ignored the warnings and then appeal the decision afterwards?